ASEAN leaders in Delhi; Modi’s meetings with Vietnam, Myanmar leaders crucial
As most of the top leaders from ASEAN countries are in India top be chief guests of the Republic Day parade on January 26, it is obvious that bilateral meetings will take place.
One of the most outstanding such meeting was when Indian and Vietnam leaders met as the relations is mostly perceived through the lens of rising China.
Sources informed that India and Vietnam discussed maritime cooperation on Wednesday and vowed to further expand their defence ties.
India’s involvement in building Vietnam’s defence capabilities figured prominently in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral meeting with his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc ahead of the India-Asean summit.
It need be mentioned that Hanoi has been urging India to increase its profile in the Southeast Asia region and the countries are looking to further upgrade their defence partnership in the near future.
Vietnam sees defence security cooperation as the most “intensive and effective” pillar of Vietnam’s relations with India.
The other most crucial meeting was between Modi and Myanmar state councillor Aung San Suu Kyi.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the two leaders had a productive discussion on intensifying bilateral cooperation including follow-up on “key decisions” taken during Modi’s visit to Myanmar in September last year.
In that context, they discussed India’s development programme for Rakhine state which saw an exodus of Rohingya Muslims after a massive violence.
Both leaders reiterated their shared view that the situation in Rakhine had a developmental as well as a security dimension. India is helping Myanmar bring about overall socio-economic development in the state by undertaking both infrastructure and socio-economic projects. >